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Collection Index:ADAMS, Gerald, Exhibition photographs, 1940s
Collection Name:Gerald ADAMS, Exhibition photographs
Collection - A3355
A3355 Gerald ADAMS, Exhibition photographs, 1940s 
  
 Copyright 2013, Historical Papers, The Library, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 
  
  
 123 photographs 
  
 A set of photographs acquired by Gerald Adams and taken by photographers Deni Garthorne & Keartland at an outdoor exhibition, circa 1944. 
 It is likely that these photographs were taken at the Rand Easter Show in Johannesburg, at the Milner Park show grounds, which would later become the West campus of the University of the Witwatersrand .  
 The exhibition was opened by Field Marshall Jan Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa until 1948. In the photographs Smuts (as well as personnel at the various exhibition stands) is wearing a military uniform which supports the idea that the exhibition took place during the Second World War period. Another clue to the date of the exhibition is that a large exhibition space was provided to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), who were, during the Second World War, allies of Britain and its colonies.  
 The exhibition also offered wide spaces for entertainment and food, with a number of foreign visitors and countries, as well as local organisations and companies.  
  
  
 COLLECTION 
  
1-4 Opening by Field Marshal Jan Smuts and the city's representative (Mayor?) 
  
5-25 Military displays  
 These include presentations by the Royal Air force and the South African Air force; the SAR & H Brigade with the 7th and 8th Regiments (Reconnaissance regiments captured at Tobruk during WWII); the South African Blood Transfusion Service, calling for medical aid support for Russia; the South African Women's Auxiliary Services (SAWAS), and the Navy. 
  
26-28 South African Organisations 
 Including the South African Trades & Labour Council; the Union of Jewish Women (at the Palestine Exhibition Hall); the Catholic Women's League 
  
 International country representation 
29-40 Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) 
  The entrance to the pavilion displays an inscription: "This pavilion is dedicated to the heroic Soviet people". Inside the pavilion a bust of Joseph Stalin is displayed, all Soviet republics are introduced together with architectural models of building projects, including the Dnieper Dam (also known as Dnieproges), which was completed in October 1932, under Col. Cooper of the USA .  
41-42 Czechoslovakia 
43-44 Poland 
  
45-63 Exhibition stands 
 Display at various exhibition stands, some of them being historical displays, including amongst others: QSC Food Technology; African Oxygen & Acetylene Co.; Free Churches; Crown Mills Spice Works; Amsterdam Diamonds; Police Museum; Ackermans; OK Bazaars and Home industries 
  
64-76 Food outlets and restaurants 
  
77-81 Diving equipment display 
  
82-123 General impressions of the exhibition and its visitors